Bordeaux City Breaks
Situated on the Garonne River, Bordeaux is a city that is famous for wine but in reality offers so much more. The historical part is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and showcases the rich history of the region. A great way to see the city in all its glory is from the top of Pey-Berland Tower - the climb of 299 steps is well worth the effort. The Place de la Bourse is an ideal area in which to enjoy the river and the many architectural delights, whilst Old Bordeaux offers sculptured facades, markets, quaint shops and, of course, cafes offering Bordeaux's finest wines.
For a more detailed look at the city, read our definitive guide to a Bordeaux city break.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 45 min
- Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport: 11km from the city centre; transfer time about 30 min
- Nearest railway station: Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean
- Currency: Euro
Take a wine tour of the region and discover the vineyards containing some of the world's most famous names. Wine tours are available through the local tourist office and include the Sauternes, Graves, Saint Emillon and Medoc vineyards.
Place de la Bourse
This 18th century square and palace has symbolised Bordeaux around the world for centuries and is one of the cities most recognisable landmarks.
Located in the heart of the city, near the town hall, Bordeaux Cathedral is one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the city. With a freestanding bell tower, original building dating back to 1096 and a restored royal entrance which epitomises 13th Gothic architecture, there is plenty to see.
Pont de pierre
Visit the first stone bridge to ever be built in Bordeaux, commissioned by Napoleon himself.
The Musée d’Aquitaine is one of the largest French history museums outside of Paris. Aside from the vast range of sculptures, artifacts and documents, one of the main attractions of the museum in the tomb of Bordeaux's most famous writer, Michel de Montaigne.
Dating back the 15th century, this stunning gothic bell tower offers a unique view over the city of Bordeaux. There are over 229 up to the top, so bring your walking shoes, but the scene below is well worth the trek.
For a spot of shopping to suit all budgets, go to the Rue Saint Catherine - the biggest shopping street in Europe.
Located close the Musee d'Aquitaine, this popular restaurant enjoys a relaxed and elegant atmosphere, with modern art covering the walls. The menu is a masterclass in contemporary cooking, with dishes such as green tea and smoked goat cheese ravioli.
Not content with being a top notch restaurant, Le Flacon is also one of the best wine bars in the city. Enjoy an ever changing menu with serves the best of local cuisine, as well as the best wines the region has to offer.
Visit one of the most popular restaurants in Bordeaux. Run by a quartet of chefs from across the world (Israel, Japan, Vietnam and New Caledonia), the food here is diverse and exciting, with all local and seasonal produce on the menu.